NYT Libertarian News
jya at pipeline.com
Wed Oct 5 07:16:45 PDT 1994
Good and bad news in today's NYT on a controversial new
libertarian (I think) community.
Here's the good news, or maybe bad, quote:
Kamiah, Idaho -- Ever since Lewis and Clark sloshed their way
through this valley 100 years ago, some people have viewed the
Pacific Northwest as a refuge for the kind of behavior that
might get a person run out of town in other parts of the
. . . now comes retired Lieut. Col. James (Bo) Gritz, a
Vietnam-era Green Beret and onetime Populist Party candidate
for President, with what is likely to be the first community
ever built around fear and hatred of the Federal Government.
Mr. Gritz, who discovered Idaho during the Presidential
campaign, says he is a patriot who has become disgusted with
the "cesspool" of public schools, the "grip of the
international bankers" on the nation's currency, and "an
encroaching, ravenous, predator Government," which wants to
disarm the citizenry and force people to carry health cards.
. . . in an advertisement for his paramilitary programs, he
says, "You will learn what weapon and ammunition type is best
in times of grave peril; how to carry, draw, hold and
efficiently engage multiple targets.
It is this kind of language that has many people worried that
their hamlet will become the next Waco.
"The tyrants who ordered the assault on Waco should be tried
and executed as traitors," Mr. Gritz wrote in a recent issue of
. . . Mr. Gritz said, "I want a community where if the F.B.I.
looks at us, they'll end up saying it's more trouble than it's
The bad news, or maybe good, is that the Times then goes on to
ridicule Mr. Gritz and his cohorts.
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